Dear South Holland School District 151 Families,
As we begin the second half of the school year, I would like to share information about some important upcoming opportunities for you to gain valuable information about your children’s progress.
Measures of Academic Progress
Once again this year, all of our students in grades K through 8 have been participating in the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Students take the MAP test three times per year in Reading and Math. The MAP test gives us information about what your child knows, his/her strengths and weakness, and how his/her skills compare to grade level expectations from the Common Core. The MAP test helps your child’s teacher to set goals and make instructional plans for your child. Teachers also use the information from the MAP test to monitor how much your child grows during the year.
In December, all students participated in the MAP test for the second time. Each child’s teacher will use the information about each child’s performance and growth to assist in planning for the remainder of the school year. Our goal is that all students will show typical growth or better in their reading and math skills as they move through the year. Families will receive a Student Progress Report that shows how much their students’ skills have grown between the fall and the winter and between fall and spring.
In March, all students in grades 3 through 8 will be participating in the PARCC Assessment. The PARCC Assessment is required by the State of Illinois.
The PARCC Assessment will be administered to students online from March 9 through March 27. The students will have multiple testing sessions for Reading and Math during this time.
The PARCC Assessment is designed to measure students’ ability to meet the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. For more information about the Common Core Standards, please visit www.commoncoreil.org .
Parent Teacher Conferences
On Friday, January 20, 2017, our schools will be hosting Parent Teacher Conferences. The Parent Teacher Conference is an important opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s), discuss his/her progress, and plan to support learning. At the conference, you will receive your child’s fall and winter MAP test scores so that you can see how much your child has grown. You will also receive your child’s second quarter report card. If you have not already made an appointment to attend a conference, please contact your child’s teacher.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences on January 20th!
Dr. Teresa Hill
Superintendent of Schools